Arms Warrior DPS Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5

Last updated on Jun 05, 2019 at 12:30 by Archimtiros 64 comments
General Information

Welcome to our Arms Warrior guide for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.5. Here, you will learn how to play as an Arms Warrior in both raids and Mythic+ dungeons: from the very beginning to maximizing your DPS.

If you were looking for WoW Classic content, please refer to our Classic DPS Warrior guide.

1. Arms Warrior Overview

Arms Warriors in Battle for Azeroth are powerful juggernauts which revolve around building burst damage windows with Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash. Their greatest strength comes in the form of an incredibly versatile toolkit, allowing Arms Warriors to adapt to virtually any situation, particularly when facing multiple opponents.

2. Patch 8.1.5 Changes for Arms Warrior

  • There are no Arms Warrior specific changes in Patch 8.1.5.

3. Patch 8.1.0 Changes for Arms Warrior

  • Execute Icon Execute Rage refund has been reduced from 30% to 20%.
  • The Azerite Trait Executioner's Precision has been removed, and replaced by Striking the Anvil Icon Striking the Anvil.
  • Battle Shout Icon Battle Shout now correctly increases auto attack damage by 10%.

4. Arms Warrior's Strengths

  • Bursty, cooldown driven damage.
  • Versatile toolkit, able to effectively deal with 2 targets by using Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes, 3-5 targets with Cleave Icon Cleave, and burst AoE with Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm.
  • Customizable rotation due to numerous talents which replace or enhance existing abilities.

5. Arms Warrior's Weaknesses

  • Some reliance on Tactician Icon Tactician to fill global cooldowns.
  • Slow rotation, with intermittent periods of unfilled global cooldowns.
  • Lack of sustained combat healing.

6. Viability of Arms Warrior in Battle for Azeroth (Patch 8.1)

Arms has powerful burst damage abilities with short cooldowns, making it both extremely competitive and easy to play in Mythic+ dungeons, where it can align those abilities with each pull. Although it will not always fill every global between cooldowns, those abilities refresh frequently enough that the downtime is minimal, and further reduced by higher gear. In addition to powerful on-demand burst-AoE, Arms also excels at two target cleave, making it the premier choice any time additional targets are involved. Defensively, the ability to near completely immune incoming melee attacks, as well as on-demand stance swapping, only reinforces Arms versatility.

7. Changelog

  • 05 Jun. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Updated Uu'nat talents.
  • 09 May 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Added additional Mythic difficulty tips.
  • 25 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): Fixed Fervor of Battle AoE toggle.
  • 25 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): Removed old reference to Executioner's Precision.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (enchants page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (this page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (how to improve page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (talents page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (azerite traits and gear page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (rotation page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (simulations page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (mythic+ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (spells page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Uldir page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (stats page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (easy mode page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (FAQ page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (gear page): BiS updated to include Crucible of Storms gear.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (addons page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Crucible of Storms page): Guide added.
  • 15 Apr. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): This page has been reviewed and no changes are necessary for the release of the Crucible of Storms raid.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (this page): Added Patch 8.1.5 change log.
  • 13 Mar. 2019 (gear page): Updated Gear Set.
  • 12 Mar. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Updated tips for Jaina.
  • 22 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Added new tips.
  • 21 Jan. 2019 (Battle of Dazar'alor page): Guide was created.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (FAQ page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (how to improve page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (simulations page): Added Bloodmallet Racial comparisons. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (gear page): Added Battle of Dazar'alor raid gear. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (addons page): Added Charge macro, and updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (enchants page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (Uldir page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (mythic+ page): Added Reaping. Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (rotation page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (talents page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (spells page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (easy mode page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (this page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 18 Jan. 2019 (stats page): Updated for Season 2.
  • 17 Dec. 2018 (this page): Updated viability in Patch 8.1.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated note for Gathering Storm.
  • 11 Dec. 2018 (this page): Added Battle Shout to list of changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (how to improve page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (spells page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (rotation page): Patch 8.1 updates, removed Executioner's Precision.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (this page): Patch 8.1 updates, added list of major changes.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (simulations page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (talents page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (Uldir page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Patch 8.1 updates, added new Azerite Trait Striking the Anvil.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (addons page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (gear page): Patch 8.1 updates, adjusted Uldir Azerite BiS.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (enchants page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (stats page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (FAQ page): Patch 8.1 updates, clarified the use of Mortal Strike during Execute.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (mythic+ page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 10 Dec. 2018 (easy mode page): Reviewed and up to date for Patch 8.1.
  • 16 Nov. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Formatting updates, expanded trait rankings and details.
  • 13 Nov. 2018 (rotation page): Added new toggles, multi-target toggles, better Overpower and Execute use.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (Uldir page): Updated for Uldir release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Uldir and Mythic+ release; removed legendary reference.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (gear page): Updated BiS for Uldir release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (rotation page): Improved stipulations for Deadly Calm, Skullsplitter, and Test of Might.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (mythic+ page): Updated for Mythic+ release.
  • 04 Sep. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Gale-Force buff.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Integrated Bloodmallet charts.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Integrated Bloodmallet charts.
  • 28 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated BiS list for Azerite hotfixes and integrated Bloodmallet trinket charts.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated recommendations to account for Mastery hotfix.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated stat weights and Mastery description to account for hotfix.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Changed dungeon talent recommendation.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated stat weight and Azerite simulations to account for Mastery hotfix.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated simulations to account for Mastery hotfix.
  • 18 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Clarified Sweeping Strikes use alongside Bladestorm.
  • 17 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated stat recommendation and Mastery description to account for hotfix.
  • 14 Aug. 2018 (mythic+ page): Page added.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (Uldir page): Page added (empty for now).
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (enchants page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (simulations page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (rotation page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (easy mode page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (this page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (FAQ page): Page added for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (talents page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (gear page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 13 Aug. 2018 (stats page): Updated for Battle for Azeroth launch.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (simulations page): Updated racial bonus comparisons.
  • 20 Jul. 2018 (gear page): Updated Antorus trinket and racial bonus comparisons.
  • 16 Jul. 2018 (this page): Updated for the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch.
  • 18 Jan. 2018 (azerite traits and gear page): Updated for Season 2.
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